A new course that gives cadets insight into the business world is taking applications for its second cohort, after a successful pilot earlier this year.
It was so successful that it is now taking applications from the ACF until 31st October for a course in Blandford in mid-November.
The pilot Enterprise course culminated in a graduation event held at the London Stock Exchange in July. The cadets that attended the first XFE Enterprise For Life® Cadets weekend in March were honoured in the company of their Regional Commanders and representatives from the Armed Forces Community, Ministry of Defence, the third sector and business community.
The course is the brainchild of entrepreneur Ren Kapur. She said: “The Army Cadet Force fully embraced the opportunity and the cadets were inspiring in their ideas and enthusiasm. We saw the entrepreneurial spark ignite in many of them that weekend.”
Skye from West Lowlands joined the Army Cadets at 14. Now almost 18 she said: “I didn’t know anything about enterprise or business, but now I’m really confident I could start up a business and know where to go for help.”
Matthew from Essex ACF has been an Army Cadet for 4 years. He said: “At some point in my life, I’d like to work for myself.”
Ilana said:“I explored how my dream to help others through music therapy in education could work in practice.”
Former cadet and Photography Trainer for the Army Cadet Force, Kate Knight, who accompanied the cadets on the course, produced this video of their experience:
The course has found support from Capita Resourcing, who pass 30,000 students through their apprenticeship programmes every year. And it’s linked with the Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA).
Mason from Cambridgeshire ACF said: “We’ve all done CVQO courses, so it would be great for this course accreditation to also be recognised by employers on our CV.”
It’s hoped that the course will continue to be successful, gain recognised accreditation and be opened up to other cadet forces and youth organisations in the future. Read more on XFE founder Ren Kapur’s blog, and on soldieringon’s website.